Printed letters, Sept. 15, 2011

The number of acres available for recreation is shrinking. This is attributable to the requirements mandated by federal laws requiring the land management agencies to regulate impact to these lands. The cost and time involved to complete surveys has become inhibiting. Thus, it is easier for the agencies to just deny use of the land to certain forms of recreation.

The sheer number of recreationists is growing. This is attributable to population growth plus the large number of baby boomers retiring and looking for enjoyable recreational activities.

Examples of previous agency travel management plans that separate user groups have shown that, in many areas that are not readily accessible to population centers, the trails designated for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking do not get used and eventually disappear. If these trails had been designated as motorized, they would be cleared and used and available for all.

In Colorado, motorized recreation users contribute to an OHV fund through a public-lands use fee. This fund distributes over $3 million for trail maintenance and development. These funds are a critical asset in maintaining recreation for all users.  Everyone can use these trails.

Shared trails, that have clearly defined rules posted at trailheads, will eventually lead to more tolerance between user groups and a better understanding of other forms of recreation. The key here is rules of the trail.

Thus, I am asking the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Citizens Advisory Council to recommend the implementation of multi-use trails in the appropriate areas of the conservation area. These areas include Zone 1 (Hunting Ground) and Zone 3 (Cactus Park and Nine Mile Hill).



The United States is heading for bankruptcy

One only needs to look at page 176 of the recently published Proposed 2012 Budget ( to understand our nation is on a bullet train headed to the land of bankruptcy.

The budget reveals mandatory programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment benefits are more than all revenues combined. To put this in perspective, if Congress shut down the entire federal government, including the military ($1.4 trillion) and only paid mandatory programs, our nation would still need another $237 billion.

Washington estimates the United States will spend $2.194 trillion on mandatory programs and only collect $2.174 trillion. Our nation cannot survive if it borrows every dollar to operate the entire federal government.

Even more disturbing, page 203 reveals we will borrow $1.948 trillion this year, bringing U.S. debt to a record $15.5 trillion by Sept. 30.

S&P should have warned us Washington has put U.S. Treasury bonds on a fast track to becoming junk bonds.

Often I hear: “We are leaving this horrible debt for our children,” as if it won’t affect us. This is not a problem only for our children. This year, every man, woman and child in this country will owe over $49,000 in U.S. debt. Also,  interest is projected to cost taxpayers $5.7 trillion in the next 10 years.

As the largest economy in the world, our default would collapse the global financial markets, causing banks to fail and retirement plans to become worthless. Imagine our nation without military, Social Security or Medicare and the U.S. dollar having no value.

The government spends only what it takes from others. It doesn’t not produce income. Washington must address this financial crisis now or our nation will collapse.


Grand Junction

A community must find means to support itself

As a member of this community for 10 years now, I need to voice my concern about the lack of support I see for School District 51’s Referred Measure 3B. I continually read citizens aren’t supporting the measure because they no longer have children in the district.

This brings two clear thoughts to mind. I have paid taxes into both Medicare and Social Security all of my working life. I have never questioned this hardship, even though I do not use either program. I would like to believe that, if given a choice, I would continue to pay into these programs, even though it is unlikely that I will personally benefit from either. My support for these programs centers on my belief that a community must support itself in order to be successful.

Another thought I have is what our community will look like in 10 years if education continually loses its importance within our community. Recently, I asked a girl at a pet store for two dozen crickets. She asked me how many that was.

Those who think only parents should support education should know they, too, will be impacted by the negative results that occur when education is no longer a main concern for every person within our community.

Just as younger generations are supporting aging citizens in Mesa County through taxes and support programs, I ask that people please agree to the $10 dollar per month (roughly) addition to their property taxes to ensure our community’s economic future. As the old adage says, “It takes a village.”


Grand Junction


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